Allegations of ballots cast by dead voters under investigation in Georgia

Trump campaign claims some Georgia votes cast in the names of dead people

ATLANTA, Ga. — A claim of votes cast in the state of Georgia by dead citizens is under investigation.

President Donald Trump’s campaign officials said they’ve found evidence that a handful of votes had been cast in the names of four dead Georgians.

The campaign identified the four but provided few other details about how it identified the votes.

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Channel 2 investigative reporter Richard Belcher spoke to the widower of one of the voters.

If the secretary of state confirms that the four votes were cast in the names of dead people, it will hardly be enough to overcome Joe Biden’s 14,000 vote lead in Georgia.

The Trump campaign hopes it would shore up public support for its claims of irregularities or even blatant fraud.

“Freaked me out,” said Scott Christiansen, husband of one of the four voters.

Christiansen’s wife, Deborah Christiansen, died last year, but her name was apparently used to cast a vote.

The Trump campaign stated someone registered in her name in early October and voted in last week’s election.

The campaign provided a copy of Deborah Christiansen’s newspaper obituary plus the names of three other purported dead voters in Dade County, Floyd County and Newton County.

Campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh spoke about the votes at a news briefing today.

“We already know and have documented and are documenting that there are people who registered to vote while dead, requested an absentee, mail-in ballot while dead and cast that ballot by mail while dead,” Murtaugh said.

Murtaugh said this and other evidence should undercut what he calls the media’s general position that there was no fraud.

“Now when we pull into actual examples of dead people having voted, the media comes back to say, ‘Well, that’s not enough,’” Murtaugh said.

Scott Christiansen said a relative told him about it, but he has not heard from the Trump campaign. He said the family is upset, but he knows things like this happen.

“You know, I know that kind of stuff happens every election,” Christiansen said. “People stealing votes, mis-voting, dead people voting. You know, it happens”

Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger said his office is aware of the “dead voter” allegations and will investigate them along with all other allegations of voter fraud.

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